facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label support us


UniBrass Foundation gains new trustee

The UniBrass Foundation welcomes Sophie Hart as a new trustee.

  Sophie Hart has become a new trustee of the UniBrass Foundation

Sophie Hart, a final year English literature student from the University of Southampton has joined the UniBrass Foundation, the organisation which aims at widening participation and promoting opportunities for brass playing at university as well as supporting the UniBrass Contest organising committee.


As the president of her university brass band Sophie will be attending her fourth UniBrass Championship in February in Bangor.

Her arts industry experience includes a year working in the marketing team of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as well as at the BBC Music Magazine and the son project, Southampton's only professional orchestra. She has also written reviews for 4Barsrest.

Skill set

UniBrass Foundation Chair, Andy Straiton told 4BR: "As we set out to recruit an external trustee for the first time, we wanted somebody who brought a different skill set to the Foundation. With her experience Sophie does just that and we are really looking forward to welcoming her to the team."

In response Sophie said: "I'm really excited to be joining the UniBrass Foundation. Brass banding has been a huge part of my university experience and I look forward to working with the board and contest organising committee in making it accessible and exciting for other students."

Brass banding has been a huge part of my university experience and I look forward to working with the board and contest organising committee in making it accessible and exciting for other studentsSophie Hart

More information

For more information about the 2019 UniBrass Championships and the work of the UniBrass Foundation visit: unibrass.co.uk

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    

Battle of the Bands

Prime time Battle of the Bands on BBC1

May 25 • Prime time Bank Holiday television viewing on BBC1 on Monday will be the battle for the 2019 Welsh Regional title featuring Cory and Tredegar Bands...


Neo ensemble enjoy Scot stop

May 25 • The Yamaha Neo Ensemble has been showcasing its considerable talents in Scotland.


European focus at French Open

May 25 • Bands from France, England and Switzerland will head to the beautiful Loire Valley to take part in the 25th French Open next month.


When the suns shines...

May 25 • There is no better way to enjoy a bit of practice — especially if you are a European champion

Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 29 May • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD

Black Dyke Band - George Lawton Hall, Mossley

Thursday 30 May • George Lawton Hall, Stamford St, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne OL5 0HR

Clifton International Festival of Music - Let Trumpets Sound - Crispian Steele-Perkins

Saturday 1 June • Clifton Cathedral, Clifton Park, Bristol BS8 3BX BS8 3BX

Foden's Band - St Andrews Hall

Sunday 2 June • St Andrews Plain, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1AU

East Anglian Brass Band Association - Concert by the Fodens Band

Sunday 2 June • St Andrew's Hall. St Andrew's Plain. Norwich NR3 1AU

Bollington Brass Band

May 25 • Bollington Brass Band require a Kit and a tutti cornet player to complete our line up. We will be playing at the 2nd section National Finals this September before promotion to the North West 1st section..

Dobcross Silver Band

May 25 • Dobcross Silver Band are looking for a B FLAT BASS player for Whit Friday.. Come and join a Saddleworth band, playing the Saddleworth circuit, including our very own Dobcross contest.. . A great chance to come and enjoy an unforgettable experience!

Stannington Brass Band

May 25 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA PLAYER to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests.

Craig Roberts

BA (Hons), MA
Conductor / Adjudicator